14th Annual Yerrid Foundation Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament presented by Bonefish Grill is a huge success
St. Petersburg, Fla – October 27, 2011 – The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) realized a net profit of $200,000 from the October 21-23 Yerrid Foundation Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament presented by Bonefish Grill. Proceeds from the weekend’s tournament at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg fund critical research to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BRSO) presented a check to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation on Friday, October 21 at the Fishermen’s Ball for $225,954 for their August and September Sunshine Campaign in their 2,200 locations nationwide.
BSRO’s company-owned retail locations nationwide, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Expert Tire, Tires Plus, and Wheel Works, offered customers to round up their invoices to the nearest dollar for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s cause.
“We are proud to be a supporter of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the passion they have to help children combat childhood cancer,” said Matt Hoskins, President, BSRO. “We are grateful to our customers who support this cause with us.”
The fishing was also a success this weekend. Ken Patterson of Island Grove Wine Company reeled in a grand slam of redfish, snook, and trout on the waters of Tampa Bay. Guided by Captain John Griffith, Patterson caught a total of 80.25 inches to become the overall winner in the catch and release fishing tournament. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn guided by Captain Dave Dennison topped the charts in the snook category with a 34 inch snook.
In other honors, Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, was presented the Ted Williams Award at Friday night’s Fishermen’s Ball presented by Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, ExpertTire, Wheel Works, and Credit First, N.A. This award honors an individual with a love for the outdoors who is dedicated to his community and to children’s causes. Also that evening, Cindy Jameson of The Yerrid Foundation was named Volunteer of the Year for the event. She has been instrumental in ensuring the logistical success of the weekend long event for the past 14 years.
Captain Joel Brandenburg received the Lucky Strike Award, which recognizes a tournament guide who displays excellent character, quality service, and a commitment to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. The tournament was hosted by Wade Boggs, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.
Tournament Results By Category
Ken Patterson guided by Captain John Griffith – 80.25 inches
Steve Yerrid guided by Captain T.J. Stewart – 80.00 inches
Kevin Platt guided by Captain Chris Wiggins – 76.75 inches
Mayor Bob Buckhorn guided by Captain Dave Dennison – 34.00 inches
Doug Wachter guided by Captain Doug Fisher – 29.50 inches
Julie Robertson guided by Captain Mike Gore – 28.25 inches
Mike Malone guided by Captain Doug Hemmer – 31.50 inches
Del Dameron guided by Captain Rob Gorta – 30.50 inches
Mike Zwann guided by Captain Doug Hemmer – 29.50 inches
Steve Stanley guided by Captain Dave Markett – 22.50 inches
Cody Bertoch guided by Captain Dave Dennison – 22.50 inches
Gary Miller guided by Captain Joel Brandenburg – 22.00 inches
For more information, visit www.fastercure.org or call 813-269-0955. Additional photos available upon request.
About the Pediatric Cancer Foundation:
With its national headquarters in Tampa, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the Sunshine Project, the Foundation’s collaborative research initiative. By employing doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. For more information, go to www.fastercure.org.
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